A year ago, Steve Marion made his debut as Delicate Steve and challenged the notions of convenient labeling and genre pigeonholing with Wondervisions, an album that drew from a wide array of influences without sounding like any of them. The multi-instrumentalist is back with “Afria Talks to You,” the first single from the upcoming Positive Force. “Afria Talks to You” channels the similarly titled Sly & the Family Stone song in a manner that’s less straight-on homage and more of an unsettling haunting. Hum-along melodies are twisted by Delicate Steve’s signature slide guitar into something that’s equally experimental and pop oriented. The idiosyncratic instrumentals of Delicate Steve here sound familiar but grander, as if the soundscapes have gone galactic.
Positive Force is due for release on May 15 from Luaka Bop.
Plugging away since 1999, The National finally hit mainstream success with the release of their 2010 album High Violet. Of course, this entailed their first world tour, but in the new documentary Mistaken For Strangers, it’s only the backdrop for the relationship between lead singer Matt Berninger and his younger brother Tom, who had no idea that these short videos he was shooting would turn into a public document of their troubled, if still loving brotherhood.
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